Did you overdo it during the holidays? Too many cookies and not enough exercise? It happens to the best of us. (Yours truly included…never met a Christmas cookie I didn’t like.)
Don’t wait another minute to get started. Now’s the time to get back in the saddle to take control of your eating and exercising. (Yes, I know New Year’s is this weekend…that’s no excuse.)
The goal is to focus on consistency. When it comes to changing your body, diet is 70% of the equation, while exercise is 30%. With 100% dedication, you’re ready to go.
Commit to this workout 5x a week for 12 minutes or 3x a week for 20 minutes. It doesn’t matter if it's first thing in the morning, during lunch or before bed. Pick the time that works best for you and DO IT!
Complete 10 repetitions of each exercise before moving onto the next one. Repeat until you hit 12 minutes or 20 minutes.
Dreading the holiday pounds? Media stories often suggest that the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And in many surveys, people say they gain, on average, about five pounds this time of year. Avoid those extra pounds with these tips:
'Tis the season for potlucks, office parties and family gatherings…don’t be a party pooper. Here are some tips to rock your party without wrecking your diet:
When it comes to working out, you want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck with HIIT exercises. If you’re trying to burn fat and you’re short on time, incorporate some high intensity interval training or HIIT. During this kind of training, you’re going to spike your heart rate for a short period of time, recover and repeat.
Here’s an example: jog for one minute, then sprint as fast as you can for 30-45 seconds. Resume jogging for one minute and repeat. Do this for 10 to 15 minutes and you have a great HIIT workout. If you’re new to running, check out my 5 tips to get your running mojo.
What are some other great ways to incorporate HIIT workouts? Here are five HIIT exercises to maximize calorie burn:
The best way to recover from these exercises is to walk, jog or march in place. The key is to bring down your heart rate. You can also vary your ratio — 1 minute HIIT and 1 minute...
Had a little too much to eat or drink on Spring Break? Want some post-vacation diet tips to get you on track? I feel ya. I just returned from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. After five days of eating and drinking without much regard to counting calories and macros, I feel bloated, fluffy and out of shape. Blech. With summer less than two months away, I’m ready to attack my diet and workouts with a vengeance.
You don’t want to crash diet or do two-hour workouts to make up for falling off the wagon. Here are 3 post-vacation diet tips to get you on track:
Post-Vacation Diet Tip #1:
Drink lots of water – In addition to helping you feel full, water will help get rid of bloat and water retention. Drink 8 oz. before every meal and try to consume at least one gallon of water for the day.
Post-Vacation Diet Tip #2:
Return to your usually scheduled workouts – You may be surprised to know that you’re more active on vacation than when...
Cardio Motivation is Here!
You’ve heard of #squadgoals, well I have #quadgoals. Cardio is hardio so I need some motivation!
When you need to complete a certain amount of cardio each week, it can a drag. Currently, I need to complete 30 minutes of steady state, 20 minutes of HIIT (high intensity interval training) and then one day where I just run as fast as I can for one mile. Each session has its role, but sometimes the thought of cardio isn’t very motivating. I even wrote a post about getting back your running mojo if you’ve lost it.
That’s where a new goal comes in handy. I’ve been wanting to break my 5k time of 26 minutes for years. As I get older, it doesn’t seem to get easier. My dream PR time is 25:30, which means I need to run an 8:12 minute per mile pace for the entire race. Well, right now running a 10:15 pace for one mile feels painful!
So let’s go back to my cardio sessions and see how I can make my 5k PR goal happen, while also...
Need ideas for what to get your favorite fit mom for Christmas or Hanukkah…or just because? How about some holiday fit gifts for yourself? Here are some of my favorite products that I use on a daily basis (and yes, some of these do include affiliate links):
Have you ever thought about running a 5k…or just running in general? It can be tough to get started, especially when you don’t know where to begin. But it’s one of the easiest exercise routines to get into.
It’s funny, I looked back at my past posts and it seems like losing my running mojo could be an annual thing.
Here are five tips for Fit Moms who want to get their running mojo going:
I’m strange; I love getting up early. Not just early...4:30 a.m. early. I'm a 100% early-morning exercise. It’s quiet, it's dark and it’s my time. I wasn’t always like this. I used to struggle with getting out of that warm, cozy bed first thing in the morning. That said, there are ways you can convert to those early morning workouts.
First, I have to say that I LOVE to work out and look forward to it each day. It’s my time, and that’s an important first step. Find a workout that you love, whether it’s weight training, walking, yoga, spinning, or running outside.
Become an early-morning exerciser
I used to rely on my vibrating Fit Bit alarm, which definitely helped and I highly recommend it if you have one. But my Fit Bit alarm has since stopped working and now I get up early naturally. (Yes, I even wake up at the crack of dawn on the weekends.) How? Here are five tips on how you can retrain your brain to become an early riser: